Photo: Madeline Whitehead


Speaking engagements:

Publicity: Michael Goldsmith

Here's the cover of the new book:



And you can buy a copy here:



Barnes & Noble



Hudson Booksellers

Summer 2016

And the book is out! Oprah chose it as the latest title in her book club.

All the info is here. No, seriously, go here.

“Kept me up at night, had my heart in my throat, almost afraid to turn the next page. Get it, then get another copy for someone you know because you are definitely going to want to talk about it once you read that heart-stopping last page.”

--Oprah Winfrey, (Oprah’s Book Club 2016 selection)

“[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel... It possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift…He has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present.”

--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“[T]hink Toni Morrison (Beloved), Alex Haley (Roots); think 12 Years a Slave…[A]n electrifying novel…a great adventure tale, teeming with memorable characters…Tense, graphic, uplifting and informed, this is a story to share and remember.”

--People, (Book of the Week)

“The first thing to say about Colson Whitehead’s new novel, The Underground Railroad, is that it’s really good — good, in fact, in just about every way a novel can be good…[A] fully realized masterpiece, a weird blend of history and fantasy that will have critics rightfully making comparisons to Toni Morrison and Gabriel García-Márquez… Lovely and rare, dark and imaginative, The Underground Railroad is Whitehead’s best work and an important American novel.”

--The Boston Globe

“Far and away the most anticipated literary novel of the year, The Underground Railroad marks a new triumph for Whitehead…[A] book that resonates with deep emotional timbre. The Underground Railroad reanimates the slave narrative, disrupts our settled sense of the past and stretches the ligaments of history right into our own era...The canon of essential novels about America's peculiar institution just grew by one.”

--Ron Charles, Washington Post

Dates subject to change, but here is the fall tour:

September 9-10: Bookmarks Festival, Winston-Salem NC

September 13: Chicago, IL

September 14: St. Louis, MO

September 15: San Francisco, CA

September 16: Los Angeles, CA

September 17: Seattle, WA

September 19: Dallas, TX

September 20: Nashville, TN

September 21: Atlanta, GA

September 22: Durham, NC

September 23-24: National Book Festival, Washington DC

September 26: Brooklyn, NY

September 27: Philadelphia, PA

September 28: Baltimore, MD

September 29: Washington DC

October 1: Morristown Book Festival, NJ

October 14-15: Boston Book Festival

October 16: Concord, NH

October 20-21: Vancouver, Canada

October 24: Pittsburgh, PA

October 26: Manhattan, NY

November 2, Iowa City, IA

November 3, Minneapolis, MN

November 4-5: Portland, OR

November 7, Toronto, Canada

November 13-17: United Kingdom

November 18-19: Miami Book Fair

December 4: Lower Merien, PA

December 5: Louisville, KY

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